• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Write about some of the way Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Calum Hughes Write about some of the way Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 8 of ?The Great Gatsby? Chapter 8 begins the night after Myrtle Wilson?s death, the narrator, Nick Carraway attempts to persuade Gatsby to relocate due to his involvement in Myrtle?s accident, yet he refuses to do so until he knows what Daisy will do next. Gatsby?s past is revealed as well as the immediate aftermath of Myrtles demise, the chapter concludes with the death of both Gatsby and Wilson, the latter having shot the former then killed himself. The chapter opens with vivid description of Nick?s situation ?half-sick between grotesque reality and savage, frightening dreams?, the word ?grotesque? reminding the reader of the brutal death of Myrtle in the previous chapter. Chillingly, Nick appears to be the only character at this moment to be emotionally affected by Myrtle?s expiry?her lover, Tom, is described as not being ?unhappy?, whilst her killers, Daisy and Gatsby, have expressed no real remorse except over the inconvenience of the situation. ...read more.

Middle

The enigma that Gatsby appeared as in earlier chapters no longer exists due to this revelation, Nick and the reader now viewing Gatsby as a pitiful, deluded fool. Gatsby?s characterisation by Fitzgerald shifts dramatically throughout the novel; the previous chapter, as well as chapter 8 furthering the artificiality of his character. Gatsby is portrayed as ?unscrupulous?, when learning that other men admired Daisy it ?increased her value?, simile being used to describe her as ?gleaming like silver?. This objectification of Daisy into a literal trophy has revealed Gatsby?s insatiable desire for wealth, both Nick and the reader now questioning the authenticity of his love. The second analeptic interjection in this chapter is used to detail the aftermath of Myrtle?s death: ?Now I want to go back a little and tell what happened at the garage after we left?. ...read more.

Conclusion

The setting of the chapter is used effectively by Fitzgerald to portray the crumbling relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. The chapter opens in Gatsby’s house, the description of which containing a semantic field of vacancy: ‘dust’ ‘dark’ and ‘musty’. This description signifies the stagnancy of Gatsby’s life without Daisy, it is an empty husk, devoid of purpose. The juxtaposition between this stark residence and the decadent party mansion of chapter 3 is particularly poignant, Fitzgerald using the now vacant house as an allegory for Gatsby’s hollow dreams. The vivid description of Daisy’s house where Gatsby first met her acts to reinforce the ever-increasing gap between Gatsby and Daisy, whose house is described as ‘beautiful’, ‘cool’ and most importantly ‘not musty’. Fitzgerald has used repetition of ‘musty’ along with the adverb ‘not’ to further this gap, Gatsby and Daisy are two very different beings, the façade Gatsby created has been shattered and he is left as something clearly distinguishable as being ‘not’ like Daisy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level F. Scott Fitzgerald section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level F. Scott Fitzgerald essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    HOW DOES FITZGERALD TELL THE STORY IN CHAPTER 1 OF THE GREAT GATSBY?

    5 star(s)

    and is a part of many aristocratic social circles; the fact that he is standing with his legs apart is representative of the fact that he is certainly not shy, and that he is very headstrong and proud; the fact that he is standing in front of his house re-enforces the image of pride and arrogance.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How do Scott Fitzgerald and Hunter S thompson portray the villain in 'Fear and ...

    3 star(s)

    He is perhaps the only character in the novel that is not self indulgent, he willingly involves himself in the party scene whilst at the same time consciously distancing himself so as not to get 'sucked in'. He is both a participant and an observer.

  1. Peer reviewed

    Discuss the presentation of Gatsby's character through Carraway's narrative perspective

    4 star(s)

    Nick Carraway's personal opinion of Gatsby is laid out in the prelude to the events of the novel, where he says that he 'disapproved of him from beginning to end', as he 'represented everything for which I [Carraway] had an unaffected scorn.'

  2. HOW DOES FITZGERALD TELL THE STORY IN CHAPTER 6 OF THE GREAT GATSBY?

    which, as afore mentioned, is typical of her amoral nature and the similar nature of the upper echelons of society in general. Moreover, after the revelation that Gatsby knows Daisy, Tom becomes noticeably more worried: Fitzgerald portrays this through Tom's repetition of the phrase "That so?"

  1. Three characters in The Great Gatsby and the theme of obsession

    revealing his plans to Tom, he then says he is going to get her away. His attempt to keep a leash on Myrtle by moving West was his last chance, but unfortunately it did not end that way. When Myrtle lay dead on a table in the garage, Wilson's mind becomes ravaged by confused thoughts of revenge and grief.

  2. Compare and Contrast Gatsbys and Myrtles Parties

    be very superficial, and the stereotypical 'rich person' we can compare this with Myrtle's party, where almost everyone there, excluding Tom, wants to become rich, but they do not think about the consequences of such a thing and will possibly fall into this stereotype, or see it as the right way to be.

  1. Great Gatsby Chapter 9 notes

    Finally Nick sums up the essence of the original American Dream: 'And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes - a fresh, green breast of the new world.

  2. Write about some of the ways that Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 1 ...

    We can see this from the structure of the novel and how he starts the narrative, beginning with an anecdote. This nature of storytelling and manipulation of time is fore grounded by Fitzgerald and sets a tone that is followed throughout the book.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work